Drug trafficker hides cocaine inside roasted chicken

Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the weekend arrested a man suspected to be in possession of 2.655 kilogrammes of cocaine hidden inside roasted chicken.

According to the agency the arrest was made at the Murtala Muhammed international airport in Lagos during the inward clearance of passengers on a Turkish Airline flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

NDLEA put the street value of the seized drug at about N24 million.

The NDLEA Airport Commander, Hamza Umar who gave the name of the suspect as Vincent Chegini Chinweuwa described the seizure as remarkable.

“We discovered 2.655kg of cocaine hidden inside roasted chicken. It is a remarkable seizure because no one would have imagined cocaine worth several millions inside roasted chicken,” Mr Hamza said.

“During interrogation, the suspect said he thought that the drug will not be detected. In his words,” NDLEA said.

According to the agency, the suspect said: “It took me three days to pack the cocaine inside the roasted chicken. I was confident that the drug will not be detected. I have been living in Brazil since 2006. Life has been stressful because I cannot even visit my wife in Nigeria due to lack of money. I wanted some money to start any business of my choice back home. Unfortunately, I was disappointed upon arrival in Lagos”.

The agency’s spokesperson, Mitchell Ofoyeju said the suspect who hails from Imo State will soon be charged to court soon.

NDLEA arrests suspect with N27m drugs hidden in metal pipes

Officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have apprehended a 26-year-old man in connection with 8.5kg of methamphetamine concealed inside metal pipes.

The suspect, Afunaya Thaddeus Izunna, who sells phone accessories at Ikeja, Lagos, was found to be in possession of the narcotic drug during the screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight to New Delhi, India at the weekend.
The drug, worth N27 million, was discovered when anti-narcotic officers insisted on searching the metal pipes inside his luggage.

The NDLEA Airport Commander, Hamza Umar, said that the drug, with a total weight of 8.5kg, is one of the highest seizures recently recorded at the Lagos airport.

Hamza said: “This is one of the largest seizures recorded at the Lagos Airport in recent time.

“It was a clever mode of concealment but I am glad we were able to detect it and the suspect apprehended.

“The case is under investigation.”

The Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, expressed delight over the arrest and seizure, describing it as a good signal.

Giade said: “This is a spectacular seizure because the drug was carefully concealed in a way that makes detection difficult.

“The significance is that a warning signal has been sent to the enemy camp that one of their best tricks is not good enough.

“This has been my position and order to the officers that drugs should be intercepted regardless of the mode of concealment.”

The suspect will soon be charged to court.